MILLS, David Calder
(Service number 6/1155)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 30 November 1893 Place of Birth Green Island, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date 19 August 1914 Age 20 years.
Address at Enlistment 2 Thomas Street, Temuka, NZ
Occupation Student.
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin David Calder Mills, 2 Thomas Street, Temuka, NZ.
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Canterbury, NZ. Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Battalion.

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 10 August 1915 Age 21 years
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Died of wounds.
Memorial or Cemetery Embarkation Pier Cemetery, Turkey
Memorial Reference Special Memorial C.60
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour; Temuka War Memorial, and Ashburton War Memorial

Biographical Notes

David Calder Mills had attended Waitati School, Otago. When his parents, David Calder Mills and Margaret Mills came to Temuka, David Calder was admitted to Temuka School on 9 June 1902. His last day was 26 July 1907.

Mills, a Presbyterian, on enlistment (19 Aug. 1914) was noted as a student with Canterbury Education Board. He was said to be well known in Ashburton and had been a Pupil Teacher at Hampstead School. His physical description was 5ft 7in tall, fair complexion, grey eyes with light brown hair. He embarked at Lyttleton 16 Oct. 1914, in Canterbury Infantry Battalion, on Tahiti or Athenic, bound for Suez in Egypt. Rank Private, Serial no: 6/1155.

According to his Personnel Record, he was wounded in action at the Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Turkey, on 10 August 1915 and died the same day.

David Mills' field service uniform tunic is part of the Canterbury Regiment Association Collection, held by Canterbury Museum, Christchurch (catalogue# EC186.2.59)


Cenotaph (Oct 2014); NZSG – School Records; NZ Archives – Personnel Record; CWGC; Ancestry – NZ WW1 Roll of Honour, Deceased Estates 1880-1950, NZ WW1 Nominal Rolls, NZ Electoral Rolls, Scotland Select Marriages 1561-1910, Select Scotland 1564-1950, 1841 Scotland Census; NZ BDM’s; PapersPast ;Family Search – NZ Archives Passenger Lists; Timaru District Council – Cemetery database; Dunedin City Council – cemetery database; NZ History; SCRoll web submission from J Queree, 24 February 2015

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